Antique Beijing hat
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Height 10 cm

Diameter 19 cm


69 grams


Textile (silk and linen), paper


Beijing, China


Early 20th century


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The mundane rarely survives, and this is surely the case for these once-common Chinese hats. If you would walk through Beijing about 100-150 years ago, you would find almost every man wearing one, and likewise, many an old martial arts masters were photographed wearing one. Tong Zhongyi, Yang Luchan, Zhang Qinlin, etc.


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A fine quality velvet Beijing style hat, with red lining and red knot on top. This piece is extra charming because it has a large label inside that provides a lot of context:

Label in Beijing hat

Transcription and translations:

Zhù jì chén ān mào jú
Zhu brand palace security hat office.


Yīng lì qiú shāngbiāo
Eagle Ball Trademark

Dìngzuò gèjiè zhì
Customized for all walks of life

Mào shā ní róngduàn
Caps of wool satin

Jīng shì xiǎo mào tè
Beijing style caps

Jiā cǐ nèi lì xiù

Jì zhǔrén jǐn bái


Kāishè wénmiào jiē
Opened on Confucian Temple Street


Dìng jià yuán
Pricing in yuan



The crossed flags behind the eagle logo on the label suggest it is from the Republican period, under Kuomintang rule. Such flags first appeared in 1895 and were used by the Revive China Society, but it wasn't adopted as a national flag until 1928. It was abolished on the mainland in 1949 when Mao's Chinese Communist Party took over.

Antique Beijing hat
Antique Beijing hat
Antique Beijing hat
Antique Beijing hat
Antique Beijing hat
Antique Beijing hat
Antique Beijing hat

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